Raise a glass to Great Yarmouth’s Lacons Brewery as beer is crowned international champion

Managing director Mick Carver savouring a pint of Encore with non-executive director William Lacon.

Managing director Mick Carver savouring a pint of Encore with non-executive director William Lacon. Picture: SUPPLIED. - Credit: Archant

A Great Yarmouth brewery is toasting international success, after being recognised as among the top of the hops at a worldwide awards ceremony.

Lacons Brewery

Lacons Brewery - Credit: Lacons Brewery

Encore, the flagship brew of the town's Lacons Brewery, was crowed Champion Cask Ale at the International Brewing Awards in London's Guildhall.

Lacons, which returned to brewery in 2013 after a 45 year hiatus, also took home prizes in several other categories in the awards ceremony, which was held on April 26.

Encore was a double winner, also picking up a gold medal for cask ales between 2.9pc and 3.8pc ABV, while Old Nogg came away with bronze it its category.

The brewery's success at the ceremony harked back to 1964, when it claimed two silver medals for a lager and mile ale.

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Mick Carver, managing director of Lacons said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious industry award in such a short time since our return to brewing.

'This really bodes well as we work toward the completion of our brewery expansion - we are all very proud and excited about the journey we are on.'

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The awards saw the brewery face stern competition -their brews were among 1,200 beers and ciders blindly tested by 45 judges from 17 countries from across the world.

The event was organised by the BFBI - Brewing, Food and Beverage Industry Suppliers Association, who selected the judges for the competition.

Will Rogers, Chairman of the Western Section of BFBI comments: 'The scale of this achievement can't be overstated. The team at Lacons have won one of the brewing industries most coveted prizes 'Champion Cask Ale'.

'This competition is the Oscars of the brewing industry and these awards are held in extremely high regard by brewing professionals.'

Bill Taylor, the competition's chairman of judging, adding: 'It is a tremendous achievement to come through the judging process and to win firstly a medal and then one of just 10 Championship trophies.

'Our winners reflect the diversity and innovation that makes global brewing and cider industries so exciting.'

The success comes after another of its brews, Audit Ale, claimed a silver award in another competition, the National Independent Beer Awards.

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